Skip to content

Owners approve 8 new rules, 4 new bylaws, 1 new resolution

Getty Images

The below playing rules, bylaws and resolution proposals were adopted by NFL clubs today at the annual meeting:

Approved 2017 Playing Rules Proposals

— Prohibits the “leaper” block attempt on field goal and extra point plays.

— Makes permanent the rule that disqualifies a player who is penalized twice in one game for certain types of unsportsmanlike conduct fouls.

— Keeps in place the change of the spot of a touchback after a kickoff to the 25-yard line for the 2017 season.

— Gives a receiver running a pass route defenseless player protection.

— Makes crackback blocks prohibited by a backfield player who is in motion, even if he is not more than two yards outside the tackle when the ball is snapped.

— Replaces the sideline replay monitor with a hand-held device and authorizes designated members of the Officiating department to make the final decision on replay reviews.

— Makes it Unsportsmanlike Conduct to commit multiple fouls during the same down designed to manipulate the game clock.

— Makes actions to conserve time illegal after the two-minute warning of either half.

Approved 2017 Bylaw Proposals

— Liberalizes rules for timing, testing, and administering physical examinations to draft-eligible players at a club’s facility for one year only.

— Changes the procedures for returning a player on Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform or Reserve/Non-Football Injury or Illness to the Active List to be similar to those for returning a player that was Designated for Return.

— The League office will transmit a Personnel Notice to clubs on Sundays during training camp and preseason.

Approved 2017 Resolution Proposal

— Permits a contract or non-contract non-football employee to interview with and be hired by another club during the playing season, provided the employer club has consented.

Permalink 65 Comments Feed for comments Latest Stories in: Features, Rumor Mill, Top Stories
65 Responses to “Owners approve 8 new rules, 4 new bylaws, 1 new resolution”
  1. buckyfan1965 says: Mar 28, 2017 3:11 PM

    Prohibits the leaper block rule……only impacts the Patriots who were the only ones capable of doing it. SMH……

  2. superpatriotsfan says: Mar 28, 2017 3:13 PM

    More rules for the Patriots to cheat on.

  3. docsmith54 says: Mar 28, 2017 3:18 PM

    Shea McClellin jumped over the LOS but not over the center in the SB. Jamie Collins blocks XP against Cleveland. Edelman at LOS cracks to help free up White for winning SB score. Yep: every year just find where the Pats have been successful and initiate a rule against it.

    If callers and snappers can’t coordinate to discourage these running leaps, they need better coaching.

  4. dwarftosser says: Mar 28, 2017 3:18 PM

    Makes actions to conserve time illegal after the two-minute warning of either half. What the hell does that mean? You can’t spike or run out of bounds anymore?

  5. thxelway says: Mar 28, 2017 3:18 PM

    buckyfan1965 says:
    Mar 28, 2017 3:11 PM
    Prohibits the leaper block rule……only impacts the Patriots who were the only ones capable of doing it. SMH……
    __________________________________________

    That is true! When Denver did it last year against the Saints, and successfully ran back the blocked kick for a 2 point conversion thereby sealing the outcome, it MUST have been divine intervention from the Patriots!

  6. artliedtocleveland says: Mar 28, 2017 3:19 PM

    Sounds like some rules Barack Obozo would come up with

  7. bigbeefyd says: Mar 28, 2017 3:20 PM

    @buckyfan1965 – The Broncos scored 2 points against the Saints last year using a leaper.

  8. harrisonhits2 says: Mar 28, 2017 3:20 PM

    “only impacts the Patriots who were the only ones capable of doing it.”

    Seahawks had 2 players that did so as well I believe, and there might have been one other player on one other team that did so as well.

    This is just a move designed to increase parity hidden behind the lie of player safety.

  9. hawksfansince77 says: Mar 28, 2017 3:21 PM

    buckyfan1965 says:
    Mar 28, 2017 3:11 PM
    Prohibits the leaper block rule……only impacts the Patriots who were the only ones capable of doing it. SMH……

    _________

    Kam Chancellor and Bobby Wagner disagree with you.

  10. magikskillz says: Mar 28, 2017 3:23 PM

    — Gives a receiver running a pass route defenseless player protection.

    Seriously?! Just make it flag football already. This probably means that officials can flag the defense for 15 yards and an automatic first down by calling “unnecessary roughness on a defenseless receiver” instead of just 5 yards and an automatic first down by calling “illegal contact” or “defensive holding”. The rules already are incredibly skewed in favor of the offense and this rule only makes it even harder for the defense. I would also argue that this rule implies that the concept of “anything is allowed on a tipped pass” will no longer be the case. The refs can now flag the defense for being “too rough.” In other words the game will become more high scoring to help further cater to the fantasy football world. Rules are not meant to exist for the sake of having rules. Rules are meant to exist for a set purpose. The nfl really needs to grasp this concept because they are slowing destroying the league. The nfl will eventually peak and then a sharp decline will follow.

  11. RandyinRoxbury says: Mar 28, 2017 3:24 PM

    Change all the rules you wish, we all know my Pats are still going undefeated in 2017. 🙂

  12. magikskillz says: Mar 28, 2017 3:24 PM

    One of the passed rules for the 2017 season is:
    — Gives a receiver running a pass route defenseless player protection.

    Seriously?! Just make it flag football already. This probably means that officials can flag the defense for 15 yards and an automatic first down by calling “unnecessary roughness on a defenseless receiver” instead of just 5 yards and an automatic first down by calling “illegal contact” or “defensive holding”. The rules already are incredibly skewed in favor of the offense and this rule only makes it even harder for the defense. I would also argue that this rule implies that the concept of “anything is allowed on a tipped pass” will no longer be the case. The refs can now flag the defense for being “too rough.” In other words the game will become more high scoring to help further cater to the fantasy football world. Rules are not meant to exist for the sake of having rules. Rules are meant to exist for a set purpose. The nfl really needs to grasp this concept because they are slowing destroying the league. The nfl will eventually peak and then a sharp decline will follow.

  13. themanfromtheblacklodge says: Mar 28, 2017 3:24 PM

    buckyfan1965 says:
    Mar 28, 2017 3:11 PM
    Prohibits the leaper block rule……only impacts the Patriots who were the only ones capable of doing it. SMH……

    – – – – – –

    Two players successfully blocked a PAT or field goal last season: Bobby Wagner and Shea McClellin. It’s not just the Patriots.

    I would have preferred the rural to stay as it was – it makes those plays a bit more exciting if you know someone is going to attempt to jump the line. As it happens so infrequently, the percentage chance of injury is remarkably low.

  14. sammievee says: Mar 28, 2017 3:29 PM

    Making multiple foul intentional clock manipulation “unsportsmanlike conduct” penalty accomplishes very little. When the clock hits “00” due to the tactic of tackling every eligible receiver half the distance to the goal line doesn’t put the time back on the clock, just makes the fg a tad easier. It is still worthwhile that in many instances the defensive team gains a significant advantage by intentionally committing those multiple fouls.

  15. lscottman3 says: Mar 28, 2017 3:29 PM

    Unsportsmanlike penalty
    I assume this was the play harvaugh had everyone hold and that resulted in a clock runoff?

  16. plum54 says: Mar 28, 2017 3:31 PM

    During the play the Broncos scored 2 points against the Saints ,the officials missed the runner stepping on the line . The play should have been called back.

  17. sammievee says: Mar 28, 2017 3:33 PM

    Fans who think that the game will suffer due to removal of timed leap over the guard tactic need to find other hobbies, imo. 19 out of 20 players will welcome the new rule.

  18. bullcharger says: Mar 28, 2017 3:40 PM

    buckyfan1965 says:
    Mar 28, 2017 3:11 PM
    Prohibits the leaper block rule……only impacts the Patriots who were the only ones capable of doing it. SMH……

    ———-
    Seattle’s Chancellor is quite good at it.

  19. 4rings4brady says: Mar 28, 2017 3:41 PM

    — Makes actions to conserve time illegal after the two-minute warning of either half.
    —————————————-

    Could someone please explain this to me? Is it now illegal to spike the ball or run out of bounds to preserve the clock?

  20. milkcan44 says: Mar 28, 2017 3:41 PM

    Maybe all those crocodile tears from Pats fans about the injustices done to them can melt the snow in New England.

  21. ireallydontcareonesinglebit says: Mar 28, 2017 3:44 PM

    lscottman3 says:
    Mar 28, 2017 3:29 PM
    Unsportsmanlike penalty
    I assume this was the play harvaugh had everyone hold and that resulted in a clock runoff?

    _________________________________________

    Harbaugh? He was out of the league for almost two years when that play happened.

  22. sah0620 says: Mar 28, 2017 3:51 PM

    Still waiting for the god awful “fumble into the end zone” rule fix.

  23. buckyfan1965 says: Mar 28, 2017 3:53 PM

    Damn……hate it when I write wrong crap! Sorry gents.

  24. dawoger says: Mar 28, 2017 3:54 PM

    That resolution will cause a mid-season exodus for the minisoda viqueefs. The problem is no other team wants those dumpster dwellers!

  25. hendawg21 says: Mar 28, 2017 3:54 PM

    ireallydontcareonesinglebit says:
    Mar 28, 2017 3:44 PM

    lscottman3 says:
    Mar 28, 2017 3:29 PM
    Unsportsmanlike penalty
    I assume this was the play harvaugh had everyone hold and that resulted in a clock runoff?

    Um, the guilty Harbaugh(Ravens) was John not Jim…
    _________________________________________

    Harbaugh? He was out of the league for almost two years when that play happened.

  26. hendawg21 says: Mar 28, 2017 3:56 PM

    ireallydontcareonesinglebit says:
    Mar 28, 2017 3:44 PM

    lscottman3 says:
    Mar 28, 2017 3:29 PM
    Unsportsmanlike penalty
    I assume this was the play harvaugh had everyone hold and that resulted in a clock runoff?

    _________________________________________

    Harbaugh? He was out of the league for almost two years when that play happened.

    Correction John Harbaugh (Ravens) was the guilty Harbaugh referenced above…

  27. u4iadman says: Mar 28, 2017 3:57 PM

    Look, Pats are proven cheaters as is Brady…enough with the “we win SB’s!”….your team cheats.

    Deal.

  28. liquidzoo says: Mar 28, 2017 4:02 PM

    Makes actions to conserve time illegal after the two-minute warning of either half.

    This one I don’t get… Would this mean things like faking an injury, which is already against the rules? Or spiking the ball, which would be necessary to ensure they can run another play…

    Making the latter against the rules would be really stupid, especially if it’s your team that’s driving and trying to score inside of 2 minutes.

  29. factschecker says: Mar 28, 2017 4:02 PM

    Seattle’s Chancellor is quite good at it.
    ————–
    Technically there was a flag on both of his back to back attempts. But he was the first person I saw attempt to do it. But if I recall correctly he was never successful.

  30. 345snarkavenue says: Mar 28, 2017 4:03 PM

    — Makes actions to conserve time illegal after the two-minute warning of either half.

    so are time-outs now illegal during that 2 minutes?

  31. bigearl61 says: Mar 28, 2017 4:03 PM

    Football is looking more and more to suck worse than Flint Michigan water system! Why change rules every year, and they wonder why the product is beginning to be watered down. XFL needs to make a comeback

  32. ireallydontcareonesinglebit says: Mar 28, 2017 4:08 PM

    hendawg21 says:
    Mar 28, 2017 3:56 PM

    Correction John Harbaugh (Ravens) was the guilty Harbaugh referenced above…

    _________________________________________

    Well that would still be incorrect. The rule is because of the play Chip Kelly ran that forced the Saints to settle for a field goal.

  33. justintuckrule says: Mar 28, 2017 4:09 PM

    I need to start selling baby violins with the Pats logo on it.

  34. gobuxfla says: Mar 28, 2017 4:09 PM

    Weird. Nothing about banning helium inflation into footballs in Foxboro. Ah well, might as well re-legalize “stick-em”.

  35. justintuckrule says: Mar 28, 2017 4:12 PM

    artliedtocleveland says:
    Mar 28, 2017 3:19 PM
    Sounds like some rules Barack Obozo would come up with
    ——————
    At least he could pass rules.

    Imagine in the owners complained for 7 years about replay, finally got a meeting to pass replay change and then pooped the bed? c

    I’d call them clowns but even clowns are more competent.

  36. MCxShow says: Mar 28, 2017 4:13 PM

    Surprised there wasn’t a rule barring Brady and Belichick from the NFL

  37. skimbell says: Mar 28, 2017 4:15 PM

    Running a pass route now makes you a “defensless player”?
    Playing corner is going to be impossible.
    But MAN!
    Are we going to get some scoring.

  38. tylawspick6 says: Mar 28, 2017 4:19 PM

    “only impacts the Patriots who were the only ones capable of doing it.”

    Seahawks had 2 players that did so as well I believe, and there might have been one other player on one other team that did so as well.

    This is just a move designed to increase parity hidden behind the lie of player safety.

    ——

    EXACTLY

    The open cheating against the Pats, openly applauded by the fans and media, is disturbing.

  39. melikefootball says: Mar 28, 2017 4:22 PM

    OH I so happy to tell the ticket so long good bye. NFL football is just to many rules and BS. I loved the game but every year it is something else to make the game long and to many times boring.

  40. tylawspick6 says: Mar 28, 2017 4:22 PM

    Seattle’s Chancellor is quite good at it.

    —-

    I am not sure he did it more than once.

    Meanwhile, the Pats are 3/3 on it, and were cheated out of a clean block in the SB, with everyone, including Mike Perreira, wondering why a flag was thrown.

    If NE had lost the SB by 1 point, Goodell would have been caught in yet another cheating attempt against NE.

  41. yourunclerico says: Mar 28, 2017 4:23 PM

    plum54 says:
    Mar 28, 2017 3:31 PM
    During the play the Broncos scored 2 points against the Saints ,the officials missed the runner stepping on the line . The play should have been called back.
    ————–
    WWNFL does everything they can to help Team Hee Haw.
    they gifted them sb50 and gifted them the saints game too.

  42. Anicra says: Mar 28, 2017 4:27 PM

    COMING SOON! Perhaps next year
    Gives a receiver running/standing/sitting/ defenseless player protection

    THEN!
    A receiver running may not be tackled

  43. silverandblack052099 says: Mar 28, 2017 4:47 PM

    Dear NFL Owners,

    Sometimes the fans like seeing good defensive plays too, its not all about offense.

    Signed,

    The people who make you rich

  44. chieftaindawg says: Mar 28, 2017 4:50 PM

    Everybody says the Patriots did the FG jumping thing, the first time I saw it, it was from a Seahawks player

  45. usdcoyotesfan says: Mar 28, 2017 4:59 PM

    SMH at the leaping rule.

  46. maust1013 says: Mar 28, 2017 5:13 PM

    RandyinRoxbury says:
    Mar 28, 2017 3:24 PM
    Change all the rules you wish, we all know my Pats are still going undefeated in 2017.
    ==========================

    Oh chipster you kidder you, there’s not a Pats fan at PFT that wouldn’t pay money to see you do your best Richard Sherman face if that were to happen. On another note, there’s no really no need to masquerade as a Pats fan to alienate fans of other teams, tylawspick and the teehee guy do that more than well enough already

  47. orangeraider says: Mar 28, 2017 5:17 PM

    Fire Goodell

  48. jgedgar70 says: Mar 28, 2017 5:24 PM

    For a team that has won 5 Super Bowls in 16 years, the Patriots have the most self-aggrieved, whining, sniveling fan base I have ever seen.

    Hey Pats fans – if your local weather man gets tomorrow’s forecast completely wrong, are you going to claim it is a vast, anti-Patriot universal conspiracy?

    Enjoy your trophies and shut the hell up.

  49. cheeseisfattening says: Mar 28, 2017 5:30 PM

    dawoger says:
    Mar 28, 2017 3:54 PM
    That resolution will cause a mid-season exodus for the minisoda viqueefs. The problem is no other team wants those dumpster dwellers!
    ——————-
    So Makinton Dorleant was cut yesterday and I must have just missed it on the news, right. dawoger you are just to (sic) smart for us.

  50. mrbig76 says: Mar 28, 2017 5:36 PM

    Makes actions to conserve time illegal…

    Seen this explanation on another site:

    Currently, if teams commit an illegal substitution penalty or lose a replay review while the clock was running and there was under one minute to play, there was a 10-second runoff. This rule change would make it a 10-second runoff where there are under two minutes to play.

    So even though its very poorly worded, it isnt talking about spiking the ball or running out of bounds…I think!

  51. southpaw79 says: Mar 28, 2017 5:52 PM

    can you no longer jam a receiver at the line of scrimmage?

  52. jkrc717 says: Mar 28, 2017 5:56 PM

    These rules aren’t specific enough. It seems they’ll leave it up to the refs to decide what is what.

    Which means the Green Bay Packers and Dallas Cowboys will be able to get away with more murder and be even more babied.

    The real cheaters of the NFL thanks to the NFL.

  53. FinFan68 says: Mar 28, 2017 6:04 PM

    chieftaindawg says:
    Mar 28, 2017 4:50 PM
    Everybody says the Patriots did the FG jumping thing, the first time I saw it, it was from a Seahawks player
    ~~~~~~~~~~
    First time I saw it was several years ago when Troy Polamalu ran from several yards deep in the secondary and jumped over everybody. I can’t even remember if he actually blocked it (I think he did) but I remember thinking that was a hell of a play if you can time it right.

  54. FinFan68 says: Mar 28, 2017 6:09 PM

    ^^ Had to look it up. I guess the reason I couldn’t remember if he actually blocked the kick was because it was not on a FG. He jumped the line (exact same play) for a sack.

    That begs the question, since the league is doing this for ‘safety’ why are they limiting it to just FG/PAT? Are they saying that the kickers are in more danger than the QB?

  55. jimmysee says: Mar 28, 2017 6:52 PM

    And this game is called, what??

  56. onebuffalove716 says: Mar 28, 2017 7:19 PM

    Meanwhile, the Pats are 3/3 on it, and were cheated out of a clean block in the SB, with everyone, including Mike Perreira, wondering why a flag was thrown.

    If NE had lost the SB by 1 point, Goodell would have been caught in yet another cheating attempt against NE.

    You’re comparing the stat of one player to the stats of a team.
    If I’m not mistaken each player for NE did it once too so statistically speaking Kam is just as good as each NE player.

    FYI, contrary to popular belief, NE did not invent the forward pass, tds or the game of football itself. Great as they are, I’ll admit.

    Sorry to break it to you.

  57. contender21open says: Mar 28, 2017 7:25 PM

    “Gives a receiver running a pass route defenseless player protection.”

    ================================

    Jarvis Landry is smiling.

  58. lostsok says: Mar 28, 2017 7:28 PM

    “Sounds like some rules Barack Obozo would come up with”

    You know he’s not the president anymore, right? Let me guess, you want to deal with tRump’s incredibly deep and treasonous Russia ties by investigating Clinton? LOLOL

  59. Shinnbone says: Mar 28, 2017 7:36 PM

    You left out the Ninth rules change……

    all players must wear their flags clearly visible from their side belt loop,

    the two hand touch rule was tabled until next year.

  60. ak185 says: Mar 28, 2017 10:14 PM

    “— Gives a receiver running a pass route defenseless player protection.”

    Why do we even bother having safeties anymore?

  61. twoteamsforlosangeles says: Mar 30, 2017 2:58 AM

    At this rate, just use the rules from the farce known as the Pro Bowl for the entire season….No 3-4 defenses, only two receivers on the field, etc.

  62. dowhatifeellike says: Apr 6, 2017 9:31 PM

    Leaping to block a kick is exciting but it resulted in a penalty more than half the time. It had to go.

  63. jsrdc says: Apr 21, 2017 1:25 AM

    ALL of these new rule changes, and yet the league and the refs STILL can’t be consistent as to what constitutes a catch.

  64. BigBagOfMoney says: May 2, 2017 7:23 PM

    buckyfan1965 says:
    Mar 28, 2017 3:11 PM
    Prohibits the leaper block rule……only impacts the Patriots who were the only ones capable of doing it. SMH……

    ————–

    They traded him to Cleveland. Im not sure the Pats can do it any more anyhow.

  65. BigBagOfMoney says: May 2, 2017 7:26 PM

    So if a receiver is leaping the line of scrimage to intentionally hold a defender to extend the play he is considered defenseless?

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!